Do you ever feel like an imposter when you tell someone you’re a writer?
It’s hard not to feel apologetic if you aren’t published. It’s hard even if you are published and you’ve written for children or within the publishing industry. That’s when people start asking “Where would I have seen your work?” Or the ever popular, “Have you written anything I would have read?” And then there’s “When are you going to write a real book?” They mean one for adults even if that isn’t what they say.
The truth of the matter is that if you leave the unfolded laundry on the sofa because you’ve solved a plot problem, figured out what is wrong in the second act of your novel, or come up with the perfect beginning for your nonfiction picture book, you are a real writer.
Even if you write for children.
Even if you aren’t published.
Even if you haven’t yet submitted anything.
You are a real writer.
It may take a while, but eventually you’ll come up with the perfect response. The next time someone asks why I write for children and why I haven’t taken the time to write a real book, I have an answer.
“I’ll pencil that into my schedule as soon as I finish researching deimatic behavior in cephalopods. For a children’s book.”
Writing for children let’s you indulge your inner geek and your inner child all in the same day. What could possibly be more rewarding than that?